Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) - are likely to shake hands or at least come face to face during an Iftar feast on Wednesday, to be hosted by joint Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.
After the bifurcation of Telangana from AP on 2 June, the two CMs have been warring verbally with each other on so many issues like division of human resources and fee reimbursement to students.
The Governor has invited both Naidu and KCR for the Iftar party. However, both Chief Ministers are yet to confirm their attendance.
According to reports, the Governor has made elaborate arrangements for the Iftar feast. For the Governor, it is going to be the first time that he is going to bring together the two Chief Ministers and their minister colleagues and bureaucrats.
As per the protocol, the two Chief Ministers should be present a few minutes before the Governor arrives at the Iftar party. Sources said that seating arrangements are being made to ensure that both Naidu and KCR flanked the Governor.
After Iftar, there is another occasion where the two Chief Ministers will meet once again in Raj Bhavan - the Independence Day. On every Independence Day, the Governor hosts an event called At Home. It is a normal tradition at the Raj Bhavan since the Independence.
On this year's Independence Day, Naidu will hoist the tricolor at Kurnool and take the salute of APSP battalion. KCR will participate in the state's Independence Day celebrations at the Parade Grounds in Hyderabad. At Raj Bhavan on that day, there won't be separate parties of At Home for the two Chief Ministers. Both the CMs will be invited for the same At Home party, officials concerned revealed.
It can be recalled that Narasimhan, as joint governor of both AP and Telangana, had stated that he will invite Chief Ministers of both states for a tea party to resolve any issues that arise between the two states in the wake of the bifurcation.
Nowadays, the two CMs are vocal on several issues and often criticise each other. Especially with regard to matters relating to power sharing, water distribution, nativity issues, student's fee reimbursements, Naidu and KCR are at loggerheads.